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Canada to Complete Free Trade Agreement with EU in coming weeks

The European Union and Canada aim to conclude a free trade agreement in the next few weeks after a top-level meeting over a deal that could swell bilateral trade by more than 20 percent.

“Both sides will now instruct their negotiators to narrow the gaps on the outstanding issues,” the Commission said in a statement on Friday, after Thursday’s meeting between EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast.

Negotiators have struggled over investment protection, agriculture, public procurement and intellectual property, particularly regarding pharmaceuticals, trade experts say.

“It’s clear that there has been significant progress but some important work remains to be done,” De Gucht said in the statement, which said a deal could arrive in “the coming weeks.”

A free trade agreement (FTA) with Canada, the EU’s 12th-largest trading partner last year, would be the bloc’s first with a country from the G7 group of major developed economies.

For Canada, it would be the most significant since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States and Mexico in 1994 and an opportunity to diversify exports away from the United States. The EU is its second-largest trading partner

via Reuters [1]

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